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Adara Acquisition Corp.

Charlotte, NC, USA

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Thomas Finke’s Biography

Thomas Finke is a respected financial services executive serving as Chairman of Adara Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). Adara was formed for the purpose of effecting a business combination between entities and is focused on acquiring a company operating in the consumer products and services sector. Tom is also a Director of Invesco Ltd. (NYSE: IVZ), a global investment firm.

Tom has more than three decades of experience in the banking and investment industries and has led companies through some of the most difficult economic times in recent history. In December 2008, he was named Chairman & CEO of Babson Capital Management and EVP & CIO for Babson’s parent, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual). In the wake of the Financial Crisis, Tom successfully oversaw the investing activities of MassMutual and led the expansion of Babson’s third-party asset management activities.

He led the 2016 merger of Babson Capital with three other subsidiaries of MassMutual that formed Barings, LLC: Baring Asset Management, Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers and Wood Creek Capital Management. Tom was named CEO and Chairman of Barings in September of 2016. Under his leadership, Barings’ assets under management grew from $271 billion to over $350 billion over four years and firmly established the firm as a leading global asset manager. Tom retired from Barings in November of 2020 to join the Board of Invesco.

Earlier in his career, Tom was at the forefront of the development of the US leveraged loan and structured credit markets, including co-founding First Union Institutional Debt Management (IDM). He was also a founding board member of the Loan Syndication Trading Association (LTSA) and Structured Finance Association (SFA).

Tom is regularly invited to speak at industry events, such as the Milken Institute Global Conference, and has appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg and other financial news channels and in leading publications.

Thomas Finke’s Newsfeed

Business Insider
Tom Finke shares 3 characteristics investors should look for in an ideal blank-check company

Tom Finke, Chairman of the Adara Acquisition Corp, explains his motivation for getting on the SPAC bandwagon and identifies what to look for in SPACs.

Business Wire
Adara Acquisition Corp. Announces Pricing of $100 Million Initial Public Offering

Adara Acquisition Corp.,  a newly incorporated blank check company, today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 10,000,000 units at a price of $10.00 per unit. The company is led by its Chairman, Thomas Finke, (former Chairman and CEO of Barings LLC), its CEO and director, Martin A. Sumichrast (Co-CEO of cbdMD, Inc.), and its director, W. Tom Donaldson (founder of Blystone & Donaldson).

Thomas Finke’s Background

Adara Acquisition Corp.
Jan 2021 - Present
Charlotte, NC, USA
Adara Acquisition Corp. is a special purpose acquisition corporation (SPAC) with expertise in and a focus on the consumer products and services industries.
Chairman & CEO
Dec 2008 - Nov 2020
Charlotte, NC, USA
Barings is a leading global investment management firm creating portfolios across fixed income, real estate and specialist equity markets.
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Thomas Finke’s Gallery

Board Positions

Board of Directors
Dec 2020 - Present
Atlanta, GA, USA
Invesco is a global investment company with offices in 25 countries. It offers clients a range of single-country, regional and global capabilities across major equity, fixed income and alternative asset classes. Tom is also a member of the Audit, Nomination and Corporate Governance, and Compensation Committees.
National Math and Science Initiative
Board of Directors
Jun 2021 - Present
Dallas, TX, USA
The National Math and Science Initiative works with local, state and national partners to increase educational opportunities and empower better outcomes for all students. It has a firm belief that a STEM education is a clear pathway to accessing opportunity and unlocking student potential.

Previous Board Positions

Loan Syndication & Trading Association
Founding Board Member
New York, NY, USA
The LSTA is the leading advocate for the US syndicated loan market and provides members with the opportunity to participate in the decision-making process and give input to establishing the standards for the loan market.
University of North Carolina | Belk School of Business
Board of Advisors
Charlotte, NC, USA
The Belk School of Business is one of the leading business schools in the Carolinas and offers programs at the undergraduate, master’s, doctoral and executive levels.
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Previous Advisory Roles

Davidson College
Member | Capital Campaign Committee
Davidson, NC, USA
Established in 1837, Davidson College is a private liberal arts college situated in Davidson, North Carolina. Davidson prides itself in being hoe to a residential community of scholars and a learning institution that emphasizes a commitment to the highest levels of teaching and instruction.


SPAC investing advice: Ex-Barings CEO Tom Finke
Featured Profile
Feb 2021
New York, NY, USA
Tom Finke discusses his transition from Barings to Adara, a new player in the SPAC world, while also outlining three characteristics investors should look for in an ideal blank-check company.
Barings CEO: People will take profits at the end of the quarter
Sep 2020
New York, NY, USA
Tom Finke, Barings chairman and CEO, joins "Squawk on the Street" to discuss the economy and market after the latest jobs numbers announcement for August.
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Speaking Engagements

Fixing Housing in America
Panel Member
Oct 2020
At the 2020 Milken Institute Global Conference, Thomas Finke joins a group of distinguished panelists to discuss policy solutions for increasing access to affordable housing in underserved communities. This panel offers a wide-ranging discussion covering the local housing landscape, place-based investment and related solutions that can improve the lives of all Americans.
Time of Transition
Panel Member
May 2019
Beverly Hills, CA, USA
At the 2019 Milken Institute Global Conference, Tom Finke joined Scott Minerd, Lisa Warner and other industry leaders to address some of the most pressing socioeconomic issues of the day and to find solutions for a question that is on everyone's mind, both at the Milken Global Conference and the world: How do we make capitalism work for everyone and drive shared prosperity?

Business Interests

Milken Institute
Attendee | Speaker
Santa Monica, CA, USA
The Milken Institute is a non-profit global organization that supports people to build meaningful and healthy lives. Tom has regularly attended, been a speaker and panel member at Milken Institute conferences over the past decade.
World Economic Forum
Davos, CH
The World Economic Forum is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation, committed to improving the state of the world.

Community Engagement

Charlotte Center City Partners
2014 - Present
Charlotte, NC, USA
Charlotte City Center Partners works to promote the economic, cultural, and residential development of the city's urban core. Its vision is for Charlotte’s Center City to be livable and sustainable, with modern infrastructure, unique neighborhoods, and a diversity of thriving businesses. Tom has served on the Executive Board of Directors since 2014 and took on the role of Chair in July of 2021.
Atrium Health Foundation
Member | Campaign Committee
Jan 2021 - Present
Charlotte, NC, USA
Since 1959, Atrium Health Foundation has worked toward the goal of advancing health-related issues, programs and services in the Carolinas that benefit all citizens. Thomas serves on the Campaign Committee for the second campus of the Wake Forest School of Medicine, which will be located in Midtown Charlotte.
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Press Releases

NMSI Expands Board, Adds New External Advisors
Jun 2021
Dallas, TX, USA
The range of appointments helps to expand the reach of the invaluable work that NMSI does in education and for students across the country. Thomas Finke was appointed as a Director, and was lauded for his work in the private sector, notably with Barings, and his past and current work as a board member and advisor.
Adara Acquisition Corp announces closing of $115 Million initial public offering
Press Release
Feb 2021
Charlotte, NC, USA
Adara Acquisition Corp., a newly incorporated special purpose acquisition company, announced that the company closed an initial public offering of 11,500,000 units, including 1,500,000 sold pursuant to the full exercise of the underwriters’ over-allotment option, at $10.00 per unit.

Thomas Finke’s Education

University of Virginia
BS | Commerce
1982 - 1986